Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Sunday, 19 November 2017
This week Cath Crowley's "Words in Deep Blue" was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in the Young Adult category. Since it's sitting on my #loveozya TBR shelf, I thought it would be fun to pull out all the books with blue covers from the same shelf....
Well, I had no idea there were so many blue-covered books on my shelf! This must be about two thirds of the books from that shelf.
So, now I'm curious, do I have an unconscious blue cover bias when I'm book buying? Or does the industry love blue covers?
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
things festive. But this year everything is changing…
Sunday, 12 November 2017
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
When Dodie finds a love letter in the pocket of an old woollen coat, she makes it her mission to deliver it to its rightful owner. Following the address, she manages to persuade the handsome but reluctant new tenant, Edward, to help her with her search.
As the story of the letter unfolds, Dodie is there, as always, to pick up the pieces and make things right. But who will be there for her when her own love story needs a helping hand?
She has absolutely no intention of making amends, but who could resist an all-expenses-paid trip to the French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville?
There she meets smooth-talking Justin and nerdy glaciologist Sebastian; two very different men, with two very different agendas. Torn between her head and her heart, Isla finds herself utterly lost in a winter wonderland of her own feelings.
Surrounded by twinkling candles and roaring log-fires, Isla’s resolve finally begins to melt. But will she learn how to reconnect, not only with a whole new family, but with herself and her heart?
Sunday, 5 November 2017
I love a knitty novel, and this cosy romance was sweet and a lot of fun. The protagonist got on my nerves a bit (first person narrative isn't my favourite, and there was so much business jargon) but once I settled into the story more it was fine. I thought the characters in this one were really likeable, and I also enjoyed the level of knitty detail in there.
I gave this one 3.5 stars
Hygge and Kisses
, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she's just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend persuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten's mother's house in Aslbrog, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.
There was no way I was going to be able to resist the opportunity to read this one! It's a hygge novel! And set in Denmark! And look at that cover! I loved the Danish aspects (natch) of the story - it really did feel so hyggelig!
Again, I had a bit of trouble at times with the protagonist - because I'm not comfortable being inside the head of someone who is so negative about themselves, and let's others treat them as appallingly, as Bo does. As her story unfolded, however, I found myself liking her more and more.
This had a great 'coming of age' feel to it, and I would definitely pick up a sequel if it was a series.
I gave it 3 stars.